Perceptions of Right-to-Health Litigation’s Impact on Maternal Health and Mortality in Brazil

Investigator: Steven Dominguez Jr, MS
Sponsor: Global Health Sciences Education

Location(s): Brazil


The maternal death of Alyne da Silva Pimentel Teixeira in 2002 ultimately resulted in the first decision handed down by the UN international treaty body on the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women in 2011; however, the tangible impacts of litigation on the health system have yet to be fully reported in the literature. This study aimed to assess the perceived impacts of right to health litigation following the Alyne v Brazil decision in addressing maternal mortality disparities in Brazil through interviewing key legal, policy, and health professional stakeholders.